Students who are interested in conducting research are encouraged to apply to the thesis track.
Selection will be based on the following criteria:
- Previous research work
- Grade point average of 3.7 or higher
- Recommendation letters from professors (including honours thesis supervisor)
- Statement of interest
For applicants who wish to do a thesis, please contact faculty members who conduct research in your areas of interest to inquire about whether they are taking thesis students for the following year, and to discuss possible topics (see Faculty Contact Info). Contact should be made with potential supervisors during the summer or fall before the application deadline. We encourage this early contact, as well as early submission of your application (by early January), in order to be able to take advantage of possible federal funding opportunities (also see Funding).
Students interested in the thesis track may also be selected by the school to be considered for Killam Scholarships. To be eligible for a Killam, students must have applied for a scholarship from one of the federal funding agencies:
- Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
- Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
- Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
Please note that candidates do not apply for a Killam. The school will nominate students to the selection committee on the basis of the information in their admission application. Killam Scholarship applications will be submitted by early February and the students will be informed by March 1 if they have been successful.
Students who are awarded a Killam Scholarship in their first year of the program may apply for renewal for the second year.
Students should also visit CIHR, NSERC, NSHRF, and SSHRC websites for information about other available scholarships.
To be considered for the Thesis Track Program please fill out Part III of the SCSD Additional Information Form, which can be found on our Admission Procedures page.